WASHINGTON, June 1, 2015 — Christopher Driscoll has published the “Ten Cracka Commandments” for whites.
A Lehigh University assistant professor of religious beliefs, Driscoll claims that whites need to follow these 10 commandments to fit into the #Black Lives Matter movement. Black lives do matter, as do Christian lives, homosexual lives and all lives, but the argument that we must accommodate this particular movement is often discriminatory itself.
Here are a few suggestions to alter Dr. Driscoll’s “commandments”:
Driscoll 1: “Always remember that white privilege is real, even if you do not understand it. Use it to convince other people that black lives, including black women’s lives, matter.”
New Commandment #1: White privilege is not real, but a figment of imagination created to appease those who will not do for themselves. Black women’s lives do matter. So perhaps it is time to focus on reducing the 70 percent of births that occur out of wedlock.
Driscoll 2: “Show up for protests, write letters to representatives, and start discussions with other white people about black lives mattering.”
New Commandment #2: Start discussions with black people about black lives mattering. There is a crisis of black-on-black violence, with black on black homicides outnumbering white on black homicide by over 400 percent.
Driscoll 3: Always remember that ignorance is real and is a product of privilege. Treat the ignorant with compassion, but hold them accountable.
New Commandment #3: Ignorance is real. It is also prominent and exists throughout the country. Help educate everyone about the value of self-worth and hard work, and avoid blaming the success of others on “privilege” instead of recognizing their own hard work.
Driscoll 4: Never think that the critique does not apply to you. Just because you were at Obama’s inauguration and your dad was a freedom rider, or because you are the head of your local chapter of GLADD, that does not mean you do not have more work to do on yourself, your family, and your community.
New Commandment #4: We all have more work to do. Improve yourself and your community. Get an education, get a job, stop blaming everyone else.
Driscoll 5: Always remember that it is never a question of if violence, but whose violence are you going to defend. Unjust state-sanctioned and racist violence or justified resistance; the choice is yours, the choice is ours.
New Commandment #5: Violence is violence and should be condemned by all. Avoid violence at all costs. It usually ends up hurting the communities where violence takes place, not the outsiders you are angry at.
Driscoll 6: Never tolerate racism from your friends or family. Whether it is coming from your 18-year-old friend, your 31-one-year-old cousin, or your 80-year-old grandmother, confront it always. Confronting racism does not mean you will lose your friend or family. It means you will help to make them act and think in less racist ways.
New Comandment #6: Do not tolerate racism of any type from anyone. Work to eradicate it in every community. Racism, sexism, ageism and discrimination of all types is absolutely inexcusable.
Driscoll 7: You cannot love cultural products without also loving the people who make those products. If you like black art or athletics, that appreciation is an entryway into recognizing that black lives matter.
New Commandment #7: Stop seeing color everywhere. Instead of seeing “a black athlete,” see an athlete. Instead of seeing a “white artist,” see an artist. Color should never be the determining factor in defining anyone.
Driscoll 8: Never quote black leaders like Dr. King in order to criticize protesters and activists.
New Commandment #8. Dr. Martin Luther King was a fine man, an excellent role model for all, and quoting him is appropriate even when it is uncomfortable. Do not twist his words or the words of other great leaders to fit your own narrative, but do use his words as a reminder of his goals and vision whenever they are appropriate.
Driscoll 9: Always embrace uncertainty. Life is uncertain; death is certain. Uncertainty promotes life; certainty produces death and destruction.
New Commandment #9: Always embrace uncertainty. Life is uncertain; death is certain. Uncertainty promotes life; certainty produces death and destruction. Live well, every day, as you do not know what tomorrow will bring.
Driscoll 10: Never put white fragility ahead of justice. If you are more concerned to argue that you “aren’t racist” than you are with racism or with people dying, your priorities are skewed. Do you want justice or comfort?
New Commandment #10: All Americans have the right to justice, freedom and the pursuit of happiness. Instead of dividing America by color, join together to seek the American Way. We all need to work to end racism, to embrace our fellow man and to stop all types of discrimination. Stop blaming each other and instead take responsibility. Insist on justice and freedom for all.
And Commandment #11. Instead of publishing divisive and inflammatory “commandments,” let’s join together to make things better for all Americans, to end racism and discrimination, to improve education, to stop blaming others as the excuse for our failures. There is plenty of blame to go around. Let’s move past that and focus on justice, freedom and liberty for all.